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Buddhism and Islands

In my daily newsletter, the following quote was displayed the other day: Awake and rejoice in watchfulness. Understand the wisdom of the enlightened. By watching keenly and working hard, the wise one may build himself an island which no flood can sweep away. The thoughtless man does not care, but the attentive man looks on wakefulness as his greatest treasure. Meditate, and in your wisdom realize nirvana, the highest happiness. Dhammapada I used to write those blog posts over at Balamadana but haven’t for a while. So I would like to share it here. My Island Theory kind of fits with the above. It states that you move from island to island in order to develop, and only settle when you are where your body is in 100% harmony with your spirit. The wise man building himself the island he can develop in. No one can touch him or his thoughts whilst he moving up through personal development. And, the island becomes a nice analogy for your little space. Doesn’t it? If you are interested in the theory, let me know. It is a bit out of date, and I believe the download link doesn’t work anymore. Love and Kindness,

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Buddhist Thoughts

The other day in one of my newsletters and alerts, I got the following Buddhist Wisdom I would like to share with you: You should be an island to yourself, a refuge to yourself, not dependent on any other but taking refuge in the truth and none other than the truth. And how do you become an island and a refuge to yourself? In this way. You see and contemplate your body as composed of all the forces of the universe. Ardently and mindfully you steer your body-self by restraining your discontent with the world about you. In the same way, observe and contemplate your feelings and use that same ardent restraint and self-possession against enslavement by greed or desire. By seeing attachment to your body and feelings as blocking the truth, you dwell in self-possession and ardent liberation from those ties. This is how you live as an island to yourself and a refuge to yourself. Whoever dwells in this contemplation, islanded by the truth and taking refuge in the truth–that one will come out of the darkness and into the light. – Digha Nikaya The reason why I am sharing it is that it reminds me a bit

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Sunday Column (17)

This week was overwhelming. What should I say? I cut down on the interviews a bit because I really want to enjoy the time with my wee boy. He is growing so quickly and is VERY cute! We decided to put pictures online and on Facebook but not making them all publicly available. So please contact me or my wife if you want to see some more. Monday night was a hail storm. I put pictures of that on Facebook too. Crazy weather for early June, I have to say! Tuesday we went back to hospital. Colin was diagnosed with over 10% weight loss (10.7%) and jaundice. Both are relatively normal and after many tests and endless waiting in the hospital, we got the “all ok” stamp. Jenny needed to stay in hospital with the boy and I went home. However, after we had such a good experience with the hospital, Princess Royal in Farnborough, we were highly disappointed with this stay. Each midwife said something different, confusing the new mother and father, stressing us out and pushed us beyond our comfort zone. I would have expected more empathy, care and respect from professional midwifes. Some midwifes even admitted that

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Why am I a Buddhist?

As most of you know I feel being a Buddhist. And, I see Buddhism as part of my life. My personal development trainings I offer with cb consulting are based on the compassion and love I give to any living being. Just recently I wrote an article on my other blog about “Buddhism – Why am I a Buddhist“? My Christian values, the moral life I got from there, combined with my drive for personal development, made me find a home in Buddhism. The 5 percepts of Buddhism fit in with my moral life and the idea of helping others, to gain happiness and wisdom, is something that you should share with everyone. Buddhism, and of course other religions, let you do that. However, Buddhism is more of a “way of life” for me rather than a “strict religious view”. Please read the article on my other blog and leave a comment. Curious to hear what you think! Love and Kindness Volker

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How many web services do you need?

My friend Don K posted an article on Facebook and I would like to share this article with you. It is about how many web services one person can use? I agree. Looking at myself: at least 2 email addresses I check privately 1 email at work Facebook Linkedin Xing Balamadana Search Food Volker’s blurb Plaxo And, if that was not enough, what about things like twitter or flickr. Should I or shouldn’t I? Do RSS Feed count? If so, add another 10 I read regularly and at least 10 on top occasionally. No wonder people complain about information overload. I of course forgot my personal homepage, too. Then, the question is, do homepages count as web services? Somewhat I think yes, because you would want to update it as it is a personal profile on the web, isn’t it? Be selective, I guess, is the way forward. Keep it simple. Focus on what you really need instead of trying to get as much information as possible. As an example. The other day I registered for ALL newsletters from an US online magazine, Media Post. Then I got 20 emails a day and now cut it down to the 3

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